受験者(13):女性

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C: Good Morning. Please sit down.

Good morning. Thank you.

C: I will ask you two questions for identification. And after that Ms. A will ask you questions about Japan and Japanese culture. What’s your name?

My name is ----------------.

C: Where do you live?

I live in Suginami-ward, Tokyo. But originally I’m from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture. (高松の話に持っていきたかったが、乗ってこなかった。残念)

C: OK. How long did it take for you to get here today?

Well, it took about 45 minutes.

C: Oh, that’s not bad at all. All right, we move to the questions about Japan.

A: What is unique about Japan or Japanese culture? (予想しておくべき質問であったが、予想していない質問だったので、とっさに何か言わなくては、と思うが、病み上がりの頭でボーッとしていたので、これといったものが思いつかないまま話し始めることになる)

Oh, that’s a tough question to answer. (と言ったものの何も浮かばないので、苦し紛れに話し始める)
Japan has very old traditional things and very new things altogether. For example, if you go out for a walk in Tokyo, you can find old temples and shrines. At the same time, you can see very modern high skyscrapers. You also see women in kimono or, if you go to Harajuku or Shibuya, you will see younger people who wear “artistic clothes”. (あまりにもパッとしない答えだと思っていたら、やはりつっこまれた)

C: Well, you say Japan has old things and new things, but every country has its old and new things. So, it is not unique things for Japan.

(それはそうだと納得しながらも、まだ「日本独自のもの」が思い出せないので、とりあえず話を続ける)
Well, that’s true. But, when I lived in the United States, I could find old things, but they were relatively new. When I came back to Japan two years ago, I just realized that Japan had very old things. So…

C: Well, but is there anything in Japanese culture which is really unique? For example, the way people think or people's behavior…..

(ここまで言われてやっと思いついたので「ガイドらしい」答えを言い始める)
Ah, Japanese people have virtue of modest…modestry? modesty? (突然単語を忘れる) For example, when we offer something to others we say “Oh this is a trifle thing, but please accept it.” Or, even when we have a lot of food to eat, we say “There is nothing to eat, but please…”
So, foreign people might be confused if they were told like that.
(試験官一同やっと聞きたい答えが返ってきたという感じでうなずく)

A: OK, next question. Recently, the number of foreign workers has been increasing. What do you think about it? Do you think it is good?

Yes, I think it is good. Of course there is a problem of illegal workers, but thinking about today’s Japan’s situation, we need them. Because younger generation don’t want to do hard work, and many workers are coming from Asian countries. In some factories, they need those labor. So, Japanese government should think about the issue. Anyway, I think it is good to have foreign workers as long as they come legally and contribute the Japanese Society.

A: OK. What is Japanese dating style? What do you do for dating? (これまた予想外の質問だったので、イマイチの答えしかできなかった)

Dating? Well, it’s very vary depending on the generation. Maybe, younger generation do different things compared to my generation. Some couples live together…

C: Well, what do you do, or your generation do for dating?

My generation…, we just go to movies together, or take a walk together or eat dinner together…Something like that…

C: All right. Foreign people often say “Japan or Japanese people are homogeneous” but, it is not like that, you think.

Right. We were used to like that. But, not anymore…

C: Not anymore… All right. Thank you very much.

Is that all?

C: Yes.

Thank you very much.

感想
試験会場の雰囲気は終始和やかで会話自体もスムーズに進んでいたが、後から考えると、私の英語が文法的にも内容的にもかなりひどかったような気がする。頭で思っていたことの一部しか話していない箇所があちこちにあったことがこのレポートを書いてわかった。例えば外国人労働者が増えていることについて意見を聞かれたところで、自分の頭の中では「近頃の若者は、3Kの仕事をしたがらない」と言おうと思っていたのに実際はdirty, dangerousと言わず、hard workを嫌うとしか言っていなかった。コミュニケーションは図れたが、英語そのものについて評価されるとかなり悲惨かも知れない。

学院長をはじめ、ハローの先生方、スタッフの皆様いろいろとお世話になりありがとうございました。今後もまだまだお世話になるかもしれませんが、よろしくお願いいたします。




 
 
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